NFA/CFTC exemption question

Discussion in 'Professional Trading' started by Epic, Apr 15, 2011.

  1. Epic


    Was asked a question regarding 4.13(a)(2) exempt CPO, a.k.a Small Pool Exemption. The NFA statement is:

    Total gross capital contributions in all
    pools operated or intended to be
    operated do not in the aggregate
    exceed $400,000

    The question was whether that means total AUM of less than $400K or just total initial capital contributions of $400K.

    I didn't know the answer. The wording on the statement suggests that it is the latter, but in my research I came across a few statements implying the former. Admittedly, these were from CPAs who would benefit from selling a more expensive 'non-exempt' package.

    Thanks guys. :D
  2. Stok


    I'm pretty sure it is AUM of $400k. Once over $400k (regardless of initial contribution), you have to register....that is my understanding.
  3. Epic


    Hmmm... Interesting...

    They should really change the phrasing on that statement then. IMO
  4. olias


    Yes, I'm pretty sure you're right
  5. Stok


    Understand, but if that wasn't the case, then anyone could start managing money under $400k(initial contribution)...then grow it to millions without having to register.
  6. :cool:
  7. Epic


    Yeah, that is a valid point, but the way I look at it is that the regulations are there to protect investors from fraud. If the fund had less than 15 investors and had grown from $400K to many millions, then I would have a hard time making a case against it regarding fraud. How is the NFA protecting those investors then?

    IMO, because they stuck with the original small tight group of investors and all of them are now quite profitable, the NFA shouldn't really care as much. Especially because in all likelihood, that small group are all now QEPs by definition and could simply liquidate that 'Small Pool' and create another pool with the QEP exemption. So all that is happening is that they are being regulated in the interim.
  8. Stok


    Understand as well. Call the NFA...they will clear it up and somewhat curious.
  9. Epic


    Tried.. no answer yet.
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    #10     Apr 15, 2011